Google Play Rethinks Nonfiction Ebooks

gpAt first glance, Google’s latest upgrade of its Android app isn’t especially radical.

New features include “skim mode,” which lets readers scroll horizontally through whole sections, bypassing page-turns and the usual navigation, plus a more finely tuned bookmarking system.

But it’s noteworthy to find a retailer thinking afresh about the e-reading experience not just in terms of platform or device but in terms of genre categories, too.

Much more.

Related: Explore How Digital Technology Is Reshaping E-Reading at DBW15

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